Con­tempt ac­counts filed against PNG Po­lice chief

The pre­vi­ous Po­lice Com­mis­sioner was jailed for fraud squad ar­rest bid

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Con­tempt pro­ceed­ings have been fi led in a Pa­pua New Guinea court against the Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Gari Baki. The head of PNG’s Po­lice sus­pended the di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Fraud and An­ti­Cor­rup­tion direc­torate, Matthew Da­maru, two weeks ago. Mr Da­maru had re­cently di­rected high pro­file ar­rests of the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Ano Pala, and the prime min­is­ter’s lawyer, Tif­fany Twivey. Gari Baki told the me­dia at the time that the fraud of­fice was er­ratic and its lead­ers had kept him “out of the loop”. The lo­cal court is­sued a stay or­der on Mr Da­maru’s sus­pen­sion, prompt­ing Mr Baki to close the fraud of­fice and lock Mr Da­maru out. McRon­ald Nale of Jema Lawyers, who is rep­re­sent­ing Mr Da­maru, in­di­cated that con­tempt pro­ceed­ings had been filed and that there would be more com­ing. Last year, the pre­vi­ous Po­lice com­mis­sioner Ge­of­frey Vaki, was sen­tenced to three years’ jail for ob­struct­ing fraud squad mem­bers from en­forc­ing an ar­rest war­rant against the prime min­is­ter. Mr Vaki has ap­pealed the de­ci­sion.

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